BVI: Session 2 - Moko Jumbie

Posted: Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Beautiful Day in Paradise

Location: Chess C.
Author: Sommer’s Beach, Tortola
Today was fun as always yet packed with work! We woke up on the water in Muskmelon Bay. From there we sailed to Sommer’s Beach. We set up our dive gear and got briefed for a navigation dive. The plan for the dive was to use our compasses to find torpedoes with another heading on it. The torpedoes led us back to the anchor where we ascended. It took precise navigating but was a great time! Now on to the work part of the day. As a boat, we went to the bow with Oscar and Alisa and practiced CPR, log roll, and recovery position. Since we are so professional, it didn’t take us very long… After the EFR practice, we had some nice hot soup! Since the grind never stops, we then practiced pulling an unconscious diver out of the water independently and with multiple people. Some exciting news is that scenarios have now begun. This means whenever someone in the water yells “lettuce” (with staff permission), they are now an unresponsive diver and we have to help this diver as a boat. I can’t wait to see how this goes! The day was very chill from then on and now we are about to go to the BBQ.

Posted: Wed, Jul 19, 2017

The Kraken

Location: Hannah D.
Author: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Today we had an early start as staff departed for a meeting, we made pancakes and cut up some melon for breakfast before they returned and gave the boat a good clean. Soon after we were underway to head back towards Mountain Point to have our fun dive of the day. We went diving on the new art instillation/ artificial reef known as the Kraken because of the chicken wire sculpture wrapped around the Kodiak Queen. The Kodiak Queen is one of the last sunken and decommissioned boats of Pearl Harbor. After the dive, we pumped tanks and chilled at Mountain Point before motoring over to Muskmelon Bay and showering before eating chili. Later tonight we have one of our last lectures, our emergency oxygen provider lecture in preparation for the scenarios that will take place during our last week on Moko Jumbie.

Posted: Tue, Jul 18, 2017

Finally a Family

Location: Kaleigh D.
Author: Marina Cay
We kicked off today with a creature filled dive at Mario’s reef. Caribbean reef sharks, sea wasps, giant lobsters, and moray eels made today’s dive one of the best yet. The reef looks like “a field of wildflowers” as Alisa likes to say. After our amazing dive, we had a super fun motor over to Marina Cay, complete with huge swells and tuna melts courtesy of Davis. Once there, we refueled and headed over to Trellis Bay for some shore time. Moko J had lots of fun ashore and of course called our families in between using REAL bathrooms and eating shore food. In Marina Cay, Moko J took saltwater showers with Pelegrino in tow of course before sitting down to a nice dinner of tortellini. During our daily squeeze, the group finally reached, in my opinion, the point at which we became closer than ever. Family, not just shipmates. I love everyone on this boat and I am beyond pumped to spend 10 more days with some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met!

Posted: Mon, Jul 17, 2017

Just Another Day in the Life

Location: Lauren D.
Author: Great Harbor, Peter Island
We started our day off at 6:30 am with breakfast burritos and excitement for the day to come! We then learned how to bring non-responsive, non-breathing divers to the surface. We also learned how to administer rescue breaths and bring divers to the boat. After that we had the rest of the afternoon to mess around and go swimming. We finished the day with Thanksgiving food for dinner. I can’t wait to see what adventures tomorrow will bring!

Posted: Sun, Jul 16, 2017

Diving the Rhone

Location: William G.
Author: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today was a very exciting and action-packed day. After waking up in GHP, we had a short motor over to the location of the Rhone wreck. After mooring, we set up our dive gear and had a short discussion on the history of the Rhone. It was a British mail ship, the second one ever deemed unsinkable by the Royal Navy, the first being the Titanic. The Rhone sunk during the hurricane after having crashed into submerged Blonde Rock. Once in the water, we explored the wreck which was incredible. Once the dive was complete we took a short hike on Salt Island. Here we had a great view of the Caribbean. After this excursion, we returned to GHP. After relaxing for an hour or two, we geared up and got back in the water for a training dive. The objective was to locate a blue dumbbell. With this, we had a chance to practice our search and recovery skills. Afterwards, we showered and the chefs prepared dinner. Today was a blast and we all love the chance to explore such an incredible wreck.

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